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A&P - Anatomical Positions
Anatomical positions
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Biology
01/30/2009

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Anatomical Position: Superior
Definition
Closer to the head
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Anatomical Position: Inferior
Definition
Closer to the feet
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Anatomical Position: Anterior
Definition
(Ventral) Towards the front
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Anatomical Position: Posterior
Definition
(Dorsal) Towards the backside
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Anatomical Position: Medial
Definition
Towards the midline (think symmetry)
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Anatomical Position: Lateral
Definition
To either side of medial
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Anatomical Position: Proximal
Definition
Closer to attachment points of trunk or other point of reference
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Anatomical Position: Distal
Definition
Farther from (distant) of attachment points on the trunk or other point of reference
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Anatomical Position: Superficial
Definition
Towards the surface
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Anatomical Position: Deep
Definition
Towards the internal
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Anatomical Position: Afferent
Definition
Carrying inward toward central organ/region (nerves)
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Anatomical Position: Efferent
Definition
Carrying outward to peripheral from central organ/region (brain-to-hand)
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Anatomical Position: Cardial
Definition
Towards the back or tail
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Anatomical Position: Cephalic
Definition
Pertaining to the head
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Anatomical Position: Ipsilateral
Definition
Structures on the same side of the body
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Anatomical Position: Contralateral
Definition
Structures on opposite sides of the body
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Anatomical Position: Central
Definition
Core (frex, spinal column)
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Anatomical Position: Peripheral
Definition
Extensions (Limbs)